A Greek philosopher of Ephesus (near modern Kuşadası, Turkey) who was active around 500 BCE, Heraclitus propounded a distinctive theory which he expressed in oracular language. He is best known for his doctrines that things are constantly changing (universal flux), that opposites coincide (unity of opposites), and that fire is the basic material of the world.
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There is nothing permanent except change.
Much learning does not teach understanding.
It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.
No man steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
Immortal mortals, mortal immortals, one living the others death and dying the others life.
Wisdom is to speak
the truth and act
in keeping with its nature.
Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.
Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.
Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
Bigotry is the sacred disease.
Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.
The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it - and sometimes three.
Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do.
Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse.
To God everything is beautiful, good, and just;
humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just.
The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals;
but most people stuff themselves like cattle.
You cannot step into the same river twice.
Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.
Nature is wont to hide herself.
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.
Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny
Everything changes but change itself.
Everything flows and nothing remains the same...You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters and yet others go flowing ever on.
People ought to fight
to keep their law
as to defend the citys walls.
Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.
(translated by Brooks Haxton)
Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe.
Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.
The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.
Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
Time is a game played beautifully by children.
The way up and the way down are one and the same.
Even a soul submerged in sleep
is hard at work and helps
make something of the world.
Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung.
A man's character is his fate.
Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it.
It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire;
for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.